Hrithik to do the fire walk!

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Hrithik to do the fire walk!

Source: TOI

Date: Sep 20, 2010


Yash Johar's "Agneepath", directed by Mukul Anand in 1990 with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, was one of India's earliest cult classics.


"It wasn't a Box Office hit, but not a day goes by when this film is not spoken about in superlatives," says Karan Johar, who will make his version of this film with the very handsome Hrithik Roshan.


KJo says, "By remaking this film, I will be living up to a promise I made to my father. Amit uncle's version had one of his finest performances, he even won the National Award for it. The movie is the quintessential underworld film that has become a point of reference for several filmmakers. Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, the character that Amit uncle played, is etched in everyone's memory. My father (Yash Johar) often wondered why this film didn't get the kind of commercial success it should have. He constantly told me, 'Karan, we must remake "Agneepath.'" Somehow, I couldn't see myself directing the remake. But when my assistant Karan Malhotra, who was my backbone during " My Name Is Khan", said he would like to revisit this subject and recreate the magic, I instantly agreed to produce it."


Dharma Productions' new avatar of this classic will have some definite changes. The film's hero now is the flamboyant Hrithik Roshan. The inimitable coconut vendor, Krishnan Iyer MA, played by Mithun Chakraborty, will also not feature in this film. Instead, another very important character is being introduced in the first half. And talks are on with one of Bollywood's finest actors for this part. "Agneepath" will go on the floors early next year.


There is a strong buzz that Priyanka Chopra will play Hrithik's love interest in the film and that Nana Patekar will revisit the role of Kancha-cheena made famous by Danny Denzongpa. Karan refuses to confirm the rest of the star cast. "At this point, we have Hrithik on board for Amit uncle's role. I will announce the other names shortly," he says, and adds, "Duggu has heard the script and he loved it. He is as thrilled about this film as Karan (Malhotra) and I are."